Business Mag Casually Mentions Overwatch 2 Is Coming

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Apart from World of Warcraft: Classic, it's been a bit of a quiet year for new Blizzard releases. We know Diablo 4 is on the way — eventually — but a News Corp business journal overnight has decided to casually remind everyone that an Overwatch sequel is in the works too.

The mention was included towards the end of a trader feature posted on Barron's, a financial traders publication owned by News Corp. The article, which did the rounds again today on the Reuters global news wire, argued that the interest in World of Warcraft: Classic was a strong indication that Activision-Blizzard has turned the corner. On top of that, a 500-person survey from Piper Jaffray found that the upcoming Call of Duty was the number one title gamers were the most excited to play over the next 12 months, beating out Fortnite.

This is the sort of stuff stock brokers, hedge funds and investors like to hear. It's why Activision kept getting asked about battle royale games even though Call of Duty 4 had a decent battle royale mode of its own. Video games as an industry is still heavily reliant on the release of new games to fuel interest and growth, and when Activision announced Blizzard would be having a lean 2019, the company took a hit on the stock market.

But the interest in WoW helps a lot. You know what will help more though? A new Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2:

But it looks as if the 2019 releases will do better than expected, building a bridge into a better cycle starting next year, when new gaming consoles hit the market. The company also has sequels planned for its other blockbuster franchises — Overwatch and Diablo — in the coming years.

It's not the first we've heard about Overwatch 2. Jason reported earlier this year that Blizzard has been working on a sequel to their hit hero shooter, which has been described by some Blizzard sources to Left 4 Dead with a heavy PvE element. The next Overwatch game might also be called something different, but whatever it is, the current expectation is that it, along with the future of Diablo, will be the tentpole announcement at Blizzcon — provided nothing changes at the last minute.

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We'll be covering Blizzcon 2019 in full later this year, and as always, if we hear anything more about either franchise, we'll let you know in due course.


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    The cited article is inconsistent. It says it basically confirms a sequel, but later suggests it COULD suggest there's one.

    Confirmation:
    "The company also has sequels planned for its other blockbuster franchises—Overwatch and Diablo—in the coming years."

    Suggestion:
    "“There is a lot in the pipeline coming off a rebased 2019 year—including some very big intellectual property in the next couple years,” Thornton says. He thinks that Blizzard could announce a new Overwatch or Diablo at its gaming conference in November, which could be a catalyst for the stock."

      You're quoting two different people there. The second quote is from a trader at SunTrust; the original quote is from the author of the Barron's piece, which is the only quote that Reuters also ran with. (And then you have to factor in the reporting Jason did earlier this year.)

      The second quote is more suggesting that one of the two will be announced at Blizzcon, it's not really specific about the games being in development.

    Well, they did TF2, they might as well do L4D. Overwatch 3 can be Half Life and 4 will be Portal!

      You joke but I'd probably buy all of those, it's not like Valve is making Valve-style games anymore anyway :/

    I was always weirdly taken with the Overwatch lore so I'm weirdly looking forward to a more PVE-focussed game...

      Overwatch has lore?
      I thought they essentially just handed folks little figurines so they could make them kiss.

      (I jest)

        XDDD

        Well, maybe I just disliked the gameplay enough that I had to cling to anything else :P

    Am I allowed to point and laugh if Overwatch 2 is announced and it’s a mobile gacha game?

    Overwatch 2

    Now with more lootboxes!

      More player choice!

      Apart from Classic (which is brilliant), NuBlizzard can sod off :)

        Oh they won't mess with it. They know if they fuck it up the subs will drop fast.

    Money grubbing loot boxes and shitty practices incoming.

    I'm sorry, people may enjoy old WoW, but to me it's a waste going back to the state it was in back then. That's not how games are run these days for the simple reason that people don't go and over socialise like they did 15 years ago. And times have changed. If they had actually gone back and put in the group finder part that itself may have proved that they have done something useful, at the moment all they are proving is that they seem to not be able to make games in a timely manner. (hell same for everyone involve with games , releasing game from 20+ years ago on new consoles, it's like they have no idea how to make new games in general)

      Over socialise? What on earth does that mean here? Because you make it sound like socialising in general is just too much to handle.

      but to me it's a waste going back to the state it was in back then.

      1.1 Million total viewers on twitch on release says otherwise.
      The blizzard store crashing under load from people resubbing for classic wow says otherwise.

      That's not how games are run these days for the simple reason that people don't go and over socialise like they did 15 years ago.

      Its almost as if you havent played Classic WoW in the past week at all.

      Your comment makes it obvious you have no idea what so ever.

    Sounds like bad journalism to me.

    The journalist had to write an article about a game company they knew nothing about and threw a couple of game references into a sentence based on speculation they'd picked up from a quick google of second tier gaming websites.

    It's not like Blizzard is going to drop two big new game announcments on some nobody business journalist.

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